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Savings and Financial Security

Savings and Financial Security

Since its founding more than three decades ago, CFED has consistently witnessed the power of even minimal savings to transform lives. Every day we see evidence that when given the opportunity, low- and moderate-income households will not only save, but will use those savings to invest in long-term assets that create pathways to financial security. The Savings & Financial Security Program at CFED focuses on social innovations that help low-income individuals and families protect and build assets. Our efforts include support for matched savings programs that encourage adults and children to save, such as Individual Development Accounts and Children’s Savings Accounts; programs to support low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs; efforts to help the unbanked and underbanked enter the financial mainstream; and initiatives aimed at improving the asset-building potential of manufactured homes.

Current Initiatives

The 1:1 Fund

The 1:1 Fund

Moving matched savings to the next level, the 1:1 Fund is an online community that connects students saving for college in qualified CSAs with donors who match their savings dollar for dollar.

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Children's Savings Accounts

Children's Savings Accounts

Family ownership of even a few thousand dollars in assets can give children a transformative sense of possibility and hope for a brighter future. Learn about our asset-building strategies for kids.

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Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

Our state-by-state assessment of how well residents are faring in terms of wealth, poverty and financial security.

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Individual Development Accounts

Individual Development Accounts

Find here a rich collection of IDA information, research, resources and public policy initiatives, as well as a search-able directory of IDA programs.

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